The host Augustin Trapenard will present from the start of the school year in September 2022 the flagship literary program of French television La Grande Librairie on France 5, in place of its creator François Busnel, France Télévisions announced on Wednesday July 6. “It’s passion, gluttony, the Great Bookstore of tomorrow,” said François Busnel during the presentation conference for the return to France Télévisions, with his successor at his side.

Augustin Trapenard had been at the controls for eight seasons of the cultural program Boomerang, broadcast in the morning at 9 a.m. on France Inter radio. On television, the 43-year-old cultural journalist notably officiated on Canal, where he presented the programs Le Cercle, devoted to cinema, and 21 cm, on literature. He then left the encrypted channel in January 2021 and hosted Plumard, a literary program on the BrutX platform.

François Busnel said that when he expressed his desire to leave the presentation, “the question immediately arose as to who was going to embody a Grande Librairie of tomorrow”. “The answer came very quickly,” he said, assuring that the choice of Augustin Trapenard had been the subject of “consensus”. Created in 2008 and broadcast every Wednesday in the first part of the evening on France 5, La Grande Librairie is the major literary event in the French television landscape. François Busnel, of which it is Wednesday evening the last emission as presenter, remains however the producer. Besides this activity, he said he wanted to move towards “cinema and documentary”.